Growing number of part-time professors join unions

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Growing number of part-time professors join unions    

SAM HANANEL | November 1, 2013 11:43 AM EST |

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of part-time college professors are turning to labor unions to address complaints about low pay and lack of job security.

There is a move to unionize at campuses from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to Tufts University near Boston. It comes as colleges rely more heavily on adjunct faculty to teach classes. Continue reading “Growing number of part-time professors join unions”

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

By Germaine Clarno (Contact)

To be delivered to: Jeffrey Murawsky, VISN 12 Network Director, The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, Governor Pat Quinn, The United States House of Representatives and 2 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Help stop the widespread employee harassment, retaliation, and intimidation at Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center!

Petition Background

To truly honor our veterans, we must ensure the people who care for them are respected and feel safe in their workplace. This is often not the case at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois, where dedicated employees have frequently been victimized by widespread harassment, retaliatory actions against those reporting abuses, bullying, and other forms of intimidation.

Upper management at Hines has not been responsive in investigating these offenses, which violate Veterans Administration policies, contractual agreements, and the constitutional rights of those victimized. In many instances, members of management have themselves been guilty of these abuses. In other instances they have ignored complaints, dismissed them outright, and used pressure and threats against some employees making these complaints.

Instances of bullying and harassment have increased exponentially, with 650 complaints in the past year as verified by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office records. Hines management has refused to accept accountability or even conduct an open discussion on these issues, despite detailed complaints brought to their attention by employees and representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 781. Members of the National Nurses Union and the Service Employees International Union have also reported similar instances of harassment. Continue reading “Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.”

Cornyn slams door on Mo. Senate race

The Hill Newspaper

Cornyn slams door on Mo. Senate race

By Alexander Bolton – 09/28/12 11:31 AM ET

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) has slammed the door on helping Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) as the gaffe-prone candidate stumbled again.

A day after the executive director of the NRSC issued a statement that appeared to open up the possibility of spending money to help the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, Cornyn bluntly declared the race “unwinnable.”

Cornyn, who’s in charge of winning a GOP majority for the upper chamber, said the committee would not put any money in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who was considered the most vulnerable incumbent in the chamber just a few months ago. Continue reading “Cornyn slams door on Mo. Senate race”

Opinion: Big labor could use some love

By Juan Williams – 09/04/12 05:00 AM ET

It was so quiet yesterday at the 2012 Democratic National Convention site that the media focused on street protests.

Big Labor is joining Occupy Wall Street protests to send a message to President Obama and the Democrats: If you win the election in November, it will largely be because of our efforts — and you will owe us.

It is no secret that the labor unions are livid at the Democrats for holding their convention in North Carolina, a right-to-work state where only 2.9 percent of the workforce is unionized — the lowest in the entire nation.

The actual venue for the convention, the Time Warner Cable Arena, was constructed with non-union labor and uses non-union workers.

Not a single hotel in Charlotte, where the convention speakers and attendees will be staying, has unionized workers. Continue reading “Opinion: Big labor could use some love”